Umag is one of the closest Croatian seaside resorts to the rest of Europe. What luck: it has beautiful beaches, a pretty centre and excellent restaurants!
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Very close to the border with Slovenia, the seaside town of Umag is called the ‘Croatian gateway to Europe’. This proximity makes it an attractive destination for many tourists who want a seaside holiday with beautiful beaches and good food, but without losing too many hours on a plane or ferry.

Although less crowded than other more famousIstrian towns such as Pula, Rovinj and Poreč, it is a town that, like its ‘big sisters’, thrives on tourism. The offer of flats and holiday homes is extensive and continues to expand, but to stay during the high season it is best to book well in advance.

Umag is so close… why miss it?

Things to do in Umag

The centre of Umag is compact and flat, so it’s easy to get around on foot. As you stroll through the town, stop and admire its most beautiful buildings, including the Cathedral with its late-Renaissance façade, seven carved marble altars and bell tower (you can climb to the top for a beautiful view of the town).

If you are a history buff, you can visit the small Municipal Museum, which exhibits some Roman artefacts.

Just 9 km away from the centre is an attraction that we recommend to everyone, the impressive Savudrija Lighthouse, one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the area. The best time to come here is at sunset, after which you can stay in the area and dine in one of the small fish restaurants by the sea.

Cycling enthusiasts will find numerous marked trails of various levels in the area, suitable for both road and mountain bikes. Those who prefer idleness can pamper themselves in a wellness centre with a massage or beauty treatment.

Umag Beaches

There are plenty of beaches around Umag, almost all of which are surrounded by dense pine forests that provide some refreshment during the hottest hours. Many are pebble or pebble beaches, but you can also find rocky beaches or cemented terraces with steps to enter the water.

The most popular beach in and around Umag is Sol Polynesia, a mixed sand and pebble beach a few kilometres from the town centre. It is a well-equipped beach with plenty of services and facilities for sports activities and is also accessible to people with disabilities.

If you prefer something quieter, move 3 km and go to Laguna Stella Maris, a pebble beach surrounded by a pine forest.

Other beaches not to be missed in and around Umag are Kanegra, Kanova, Savudrija, Katoro and Ladin Gaj.

Where to stay in Umag

Although less well known than other Istrian seaside resorts, Umag offers a wide variety of accommodation. In recent years, the offer has expanded further with the addition of luxury hotels and holiday homes, so today you can find good accommodation in all price ranges, from hostels to 4-star hotels.

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Recommended hotels in Umag

We offer a selection of hotels at Umag to suit all categories of travellers. The most booked by tourists are the sea-facing hotels, often right on the beach. If you want to play it safe, choose one of the following: they are among the most booked hotels in Umag, sorted by number of reviews.

Hotel Coral Plava Laguna
Umag - Katoro 20Extra sanitary measures
8.2Very good 4.162 reviews
Situated in Umag, Hotel Coral Plava Laguna offers beachfront accommodation 250 metres from Katoro Beach and features various facilities, such as a restaurant, a bar and a garden. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a private beach area and room service.
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Hotel Sipar Plava Laguna
Umag - Jadranska 78Extra sanitary measures
8.8Fabulous 3.655 reviews
Hotel Sipar Plava Laguna has a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Umag. Among the facilities at this property are a kids' club and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
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Hotel Garden Istra Plava Laguna
Umag - Katoro 19Extra sanitary measures
8.2Very good 3.318 reviews
Located in Umag, 250 metres from Aurora Beach, Hotel Garden Istra Plava Laguna features accommodation with a bar, private parking, a garden and a terrace. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also welcomes guests with a restaurant, a water park and a seasonal outdoor pool.
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Apartments and vacation homes in Umag

If you prefer space, privacy and the ability to prepare your own meals to a hotel holiday, book a holiday home at Umag. We recommend a few below, but in this case we advise you to book early because houses and apartments for rent at Umag are in high demand.

Apartments Polynesia Plava Laguna
Umag - Katoro 31Extra sanitary measures
7.0Good 6.913 reviews
Resort Polynesia features apartments which are situated on the beach in Katoro close to Umag, boasting terraces or balconies and surrounded by pine trees.The resort's gourmet offer includes a buffet restaurant serving local and international dishes, a pizzeria, a beach snack bar and several café bars.
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Apartments Stella Plava Laguna
Umag - Stella Maris 8aExtra sanitary measures
7.7Good 2.657 reviews
With Laguna Stella Maris Beach reachable in 50 metres, Apartments Stella Plava Laguna features accommodation, a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a garden. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property and private parking is available on site.
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Apartments Amfora Plava Laguna
Umag - Stella Maris 8aExtra sanitary measures
7.9Good 1.610 reviews
These fully furnished apartments are just a few metres from the beach. Apartments Amfora Plava Laguna offers 2 seawater swimming pools, several restaurants and a tennis centre.
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How to get to Umag

As one of the first towns you come across after the border with Slovenia, getting to Umag by car is really easy. Another option is to take a long-distance bus. With a direct bus or a single change you can get to Umag from various towns. Arriving by plane is not a convenient option (the only airport in Istria is Pula), nor by train because you would have to change several means of transport.

Ferries to Umag

During the summer months, ferries operate between Umag and Venice, but they do not run very frequently (2 per week). The duration of the sea crossing is 2½ hours.

Umag Weather

What's the weather at Umag? Below are the temperatures and the weather forecast at Umag for the next few days.

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Where is located Umag

Umag, located in the north of Istria, is one of the first Croatian towns one encounters when reaching Istria by car via Slovenia.

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